NW Health Foundation Community Grant Opportunity

A safe, healthy childhood can set the stage for lifelong health.  But no child raises herself. Family, friends and the community at large play a critical role in setting a child up for success.  It’s all hands on deck. That’s why the best strategies for improving health involve and are led by the community.

Working together, communities can forge connections, build leaders and collaborate to improve health for all children. In turn, those healthy children grow to contribute to our community’s overall health.

Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities supports community-led efforts that impact health in the early years of life, and aligns with Northwest Health Foundation’s belief that we are most effective as a foundation when supporting the conditions for community organizations and members to develop common goals, and produce strategies and results that improve the lives of everyone.

For more information, visit the Northwest Health Foundation website, sign up for their e-news to receive updates, join an Outreach Session to learn more about our Community-Based Partnerships. You can also contact Community Engagement Officers Michael Reyes Andrillon or Jen Matheson.

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Recruiting: Parking Analysis & Tool Kit Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Parking Analysis & Tool Kit for Neighborhood Centers and Corridors Project. Applications are available at the project website.

About the project

In this case, “tool kit” describes the suite of policies and programs available to manage on-street parking. We are reviewing and updating our parking management tools in light of more dense development along mixed use corridors and in neighborhood centers that are experiencing redevelopment. PBOT will take a close look at parking demand in 5 case study areas that best represent the type and intensity of development we are seeing and can expect in the future, and recommend new policy and code language related to parking demand management.

What is the role of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee?

The 20-member committee will serve an advisory role to PBOT staff throughout the project, from case study selection to development of recommendations that will be presented to City Council for adoption. The committee is expected to meet 6-8 times through June 2015. The first meeting will be held in mid-September.

Who should apply?

PBOT is interested in having diverse perspectives on the committee, particularly from individuals and organizations interested in parking and transportation issues that affect residents, businesses and visitors in mixed use centers and corridors. To that end, neighborhood associations, business associations, homeowners, renters, religious congregations, property developers, residential property managers, low income housing residents or advocates, environmental representatives, and neighborhood-scale commercial or retail business interests are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 18. For more information about the project, contact Grant Morehead, PBOT project manager, at 503 823-9707.

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Parking Zone K

Do you work or reside in Parking Zone K (W. Burnside to Northrup; NW16th to the east side of NW 18th)?
If so, please add your name to the Parking Zone K Email List at http://parkingzonek.com/.
Parking Zone K is a resident initiated area parking permit program. The program is administered by the City of Portland, but the Zone is ‘managed’ by a Parking Zone K Committee. Any changes to the parking restrictions (or the possible addition of parking meters) within the Zone are initiated by the Committee. You can learn more about the Zone, the Zone Committee, and sign up for our email list at:
The email list is used to survey stakeholders and provide information on upcoming changes. Please sign up today at parkingzonek.com. Thank You.
—Parking Zone K Committee

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Hug a Tree at Hoyt!

Last year nearly 1,000 Portlanders like you gathered at Hoyt Arboretum to have some fun in the sun. And set a Guinness World Record.

This year, we’re doing it again. Bigger. Better. Huggier.

WHO? You and Your Friends

WHEN? July 12, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WHAT?  Setting a Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one place!

And… Picnicking. Listening to live music. Playing games. Learning about the environment, sustainability, trees and more!

Why? Because Portland needs to show the world that we are the most tree hugging place around! Challengers have already attempted to break our tree hugging record, and there will undoubtedly be more. We need to put this record out of reach of the rest of the world!

How? Pre-registration is encouraged. Please sign up here.

Where? Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park, near the intersection of Kingston and Knights Blvd

Tree Hug brought to you by Hoyt Arboretum FriendsTreecologyPortland Parks & Recreation, and Friends of Trees!

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Portland Taiko’s – Making Waves 2014

Portland Taiko’s 20th Anniversary Extravaganza – Making Waves 2014 with guest artists: Kalabharathi Dance Company and Mitsuki Dazai Saturday, August 9th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, 400 SW Kingston Ave. This is a free event!

Thunderous drums of unity and dance commemorate our 20th year of artistry and  innovation. Portland Taiko’s Making Waves 2014 will be a special performance encapsulating two decades of artistic work celebrating community, collaboration, innovation, and education.

Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket, and spend time with family and friends in the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater for the Portland Taiko’s 20th Anniversary Taiko Extravaganza! For additional information, email Portland Taiko.


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Think & Drink with Historian Stephanie Coontz

Join Oregon Humanities Thursday, July 10 for a Think & Drink conversation with historian Stephanie Coontz at McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St., Portland) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (doors at 5:00 p.m.). Minors allowed when accompanied by an adult. Think & Drink events are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves as director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of Marriage: A History, among other books.

The 2014 Think & Drink Portland series is supported by media sponsors, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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STITCH: an AIA Portland ideas Competition, I405 Capping

On May 16th 2014 the AIA Portland held an event at the Center for Architecture to announce the winners of the STITCH ideas competition. Over 40 submissions were received with a wide range of creative solutions to this urban problem. The jury shortlisted about 10 entries and from those selected three winners. The winners and shortlisted entries will be included in a book that will be sent to the City of Portland and other local agencies to hopefully inspire some ideas for future development. When this book is finished, it will be available for download. In general the Jury looked for concepts that were provocative, were graphically beautiful and somehow engaged the larger urban area beyond the borders of the singe site itself.

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Washington Park Transit Update

Washington Park TMA provided the following update on the happenings in the park:

Washington Park TMA hired Seasonal Customer Service Field Staff

  • Three seasonal customer service field staff will provide travel information and answer park visitors’ questions from Monday, June 2 through August 31, 2014.
  • Hours: 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm
  • Location: Staff will be located at the TriMet Kiosk by the Washington Park MAX station and at a mobile kiosk by the Rose Garden / Japanese Garden
  • Identification: Staff will wear uniforms (white shirts, black jackets, dark shorts) that were donated by Columbia Sportswear and will be labeled with “Washington Park,” as well as nametags. They will have radios with them.
  • The staff: All three staff are young women on college breaks and one staff is a native Spanish speaker.
  • Travel Portland will also provide volunteers to staff the TriMet kiosk.

TriMet Bus Bridge

  • TriMet is doing work to the Sunset Transit Center Max Platform and will need to run a bus bridge from Sunset to the Washington Park MAX station from September 3 – 16, 2014.
  • The bus bridge will run all hours that the trains run (approximately 4a – 12:30a on M-Th, 4a – 1:30a Friday – Saturday, 4a – 12:30a on Sunday).
  • TriMet will provide increased security at the Washington Park MAX station while the bus bridge is running
  • If needed, TriMet will provide “No Park and Ride” signs on the platform
  • TriMet will remove one of the unused blue booths in the south lot to help facilitate bus movement near the TriMet plaza. Please contact Karl MacNair at TriMet with any comments about the removal of the blue booth.

Trail Counters

  • The TMA is in the process of installing six trail counters
  • Counters have been installed with the help of Metro and PP&R
  • Data collected will be added to a database on Metro and THPRD trail usage and shared in a report in the fall

For any questions, contact Heather McCarey, Executive Director at Washington Park TMA, 503 416-2410 or visit www.washingtonparkpdx.org.

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Invasive Weed Tour on Skyline

The Skyline Ridge Neighbors invite you to join them in their annual Self-Guided Auto Tour of Skyline Invasive Weeds from the afternoon of May 31st to June 8th.


  1. To provide Skyline residents an opportunity to look closely at noxious weeds and weeds of concern that are thriving in our area, so that they can accurately identify the plants.
  2. To increase public awareness of just how prolific these plants are, just how effective they are in out-competing with beautiful native plants, and how injurious they can be to agriculture, wildlife, and our native habitat.
  3. To provide the public with web resources addressing the most effective methods of managing and controlling these plants.
  4. To reduce needless, good intended, but ineffective hard labor or ineffective herbicide use in attempts to control these problematic plants and efforts with effective best practices methods (BPMs).


  1. Start at intersection of Skyline & Cornelius Pass Rd.
  2. Left onto Old Cornelius Pass Rd.
  3. Bear straight onto Rock Creek Road
  4. Turn left onto Skyline Blvd.
  5. Turn left onto Elliott Rd.
  6. Turn left back onto Rock Creek Rd. (repeating a short section of the tour)
  7.  Turn right onto Skyline Blvd.
  8. Return to starting point at Skyline and Cornelius Pass Rd intersection.


There are 3 locations you can find “Common Skyline Noxious Weeds & Weeds of Concern”, an informational sheet providing a selected list of invasive weeds and excellent web resources with plant description, impact, and control methods.

  1. at Plainview Grocery Store (red building at corner of Skyline & Cornelius Pass Road)
  2. at Skyline Grange in container at front door (11275 NW Skyline Blvd)
  3. at http://www.srnpdx.org/land-stewardship<http://www.srnpdx.org/land-stewardship>, under “Weeds & Pests”, click onto “Control of Skyline Area Invasive Weeds”.

For more information, contact the Skyline Ridge Runners, 503 621-3501

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What’s Next for the Couch Park Play Area?

The play structure in Couch Park was removed after it was determined it was no longer safe. Are the ways the community can mitigate the loss of the play structure? Please join Commissioner Fritz and staff from Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Public Schools for a community conversation about this. All are welcome! Please come and share your thoughts and ideas!

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC) School Auditorium, 2033 NW Glisan Street (Next to Couch Park)

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